Posted on June 16, 2009 by Alex Wilson
Twenty-five years ago, if you had predicted that I might be suggesting that electric water heating could be a good option, I’d have asked what you were smoking. I agreed with the argument that it’s dumb to use such a high-grade form of energy (electricity) for such a low-grade energy need—a need that can be satisfied with renewables, such as solar energy or wood heat. I was also aware—and still am—of the significant environmental impacts of many of our power-generation options.
But here I am, suggesting that electricity can sometimes be a pretty good option for water heating. What’s up?